Political Editors / November 8, 2021

In Brief: Public Education Has Always Been About Indoctrination

The effort to brainwash kids didn’t start with CRT and transgenderism.

Parents were the key to Republican wins in Virginia, because the race became largely about education — or, more accurately, the leftist indoctrination of children. Glenn Youngkin won because he focused on education, while Democrat Terry McAuliffe literally argued against parental influence and authority. Political analyst Don Feder weighs in with the bigger picture:

The most important part of Youngkin’s victory speech was when he emphatically voiced his commitment to choice in education. Ban Critical Race theory? Absolutely. Listen to families? Of course. But, ultimately, public education can’t be reformed.

Public schools were created not to educate, but to indoctrinate. From Marx to Dewey to the current leadership of the Democrat Party and the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, revolutionaries have always targeted youth and seen schools as the spearhead of the revolution.

In fact, Feder says:

When McAuliffe said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach,” he was articulating a first principle of public education going back to its beginnings in the early 19th century: “Give us your money. Give us your kids. Then close your eyes. Shut your mouth. And let us do our job of transforming society.”

Today, the cutting edge is Critical Race Theory (whites are inherently evil), the 1619 Project (America is inherently evil) and what one proponent called the Queering Up of public education.

Examples abound, but the sex education that began in the 1940s has gone off the rails. Feder adds, “Anti-Americanism in the schools has a long pedigree.” That’s by design.

In “The Communist Manifesto,” Karl Marx decreed, “The education of all children from the moment that they can get along without their mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.” When the workers’ revolt failed to materialize, state education became the engine of revolution.

That plan of state-sponsored indoctrination inspired Horace Mann and John Dewey, who “laid the foundation for public education in America.” Both preached a gospel of “interdependence” in which individualists were antithetical. Hence a one-size-fits-all school system was necessary.

A signer of the 1933 Humanist Manifesto (“a socialist cooperative economic order must be established”), Dewey admitted: “You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.” Indeed.

In the 21st century, Marx and Dewey’s work of social transformation is carried on by the teachers’ unions and their auxiliary, the Democrat Party.

CRT is the Marxist model of oppressor and oppressed applied to race. Queering Up applies it to gender.

Again, it’s not about teaching children how to think but what to think.

Feder concludes:

The answer is to help the prisoners escape on an underground railroad which will lead them to educational choice and the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. The Virginia campaign was the first stop on that exhilarating train ride.

Read the whole thing here.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2022 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.